Medicine A100 Leeds 2017 entry

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    (Original post by heythere247)
    Hey! I'll try to answer your questions as well as possible!

    1. Hard to say because I haven't studied at the others however the main thing I like about the course is that you get patient contact for the first year (half a day of placement a week, or at least that's how it was when I was in first year) which I much prefer than some very traditional university's which don't have placements until 3rd year.

    2. Again hard to say as it's unique to you! One gem of advice I got however was that every sentence in your PS should say something about you as a person, not just things you did or observed.

    3. Best having a look on this page, the selection process often changes in which case this website will be the best source: http://medhealth.leeds.ac.uk/info/20...ection_process

    4. Student life is really fun! And it's great having more independence. Can get a bit tiresome being low on money from time to time but on the whole you meet so many new people and Leeds has such a great nightlife there's plenty to do! Really couldn't wait to come back here after the summer!

    5. My other choices were Birmingham, Bristol and Cardiff. I've always liked Birmingham because I think it has a really nice campus. I really like the city of Cardiff and it has a similar curriculum to Leeds (very hard choosing between the two for me). I applied to Bristol purely because it didn't require the UKCAT and my score wasn't very good (Note Leeds used the UKCAT rather than the BMAT when I applied).


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    On my work experience paragraph, i talked a lot about what my observations showed me about medicine. What's your take on that?


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    I am looking to apply for Medicine through Access to Leeds. I was wondering if you could give me some advice on what to write for the Applicant Statement in the A2L application?

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    It was hard but the thing that tipped it was that I was an Access to Leeds student so my offer was lowered to ABB but only if I selected Leeds as my firm. Luckily I didn't need it in the end but there was no way I was turning down that offer so that kind of decided for me. I have no regrets though I love it here, such a great city to live in.


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    Hi everyone, I'm a first year medical student at Leeds university, so I did BMAT/MMI interviews last year, so if you have any questions about the application process/course/etc., feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer! (I also interviewed and got a place at Cardiff and interviewed at Newcastle, so if you have any questions about the application process there feel free to ask).

    Good luck
    xxx
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    (Original post by medapplicant2016)
    Hi everyone, I'm a first year medical student at Leeds university, so I did BMAT/MMI interviews last year, so if you have any questions about the application process/course/etc., feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer! (I also interviewed and got a place at Cardiff and interviewed at Newcastle, so if you have any questions about the application process there feel free to ask).

    Good luck
    xxx
    Hi well done for getting a place if you don't mind me asking what did you get in BMAT and what academics do you have? What are MMI's like? I know you can't give specifics but what sort of things do you need to know (please be vague if you have to as I'm aware you are not allowed to talk about it)
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    (Original post by medapplicant2016)
    Hi everyone, I'm a first year medical student at Leeds university, so I did BMAT/MMI interviews last year, so if you have any questions about the application process/course/etc., feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer! (I also interviewed and got a place at Cardiff and interviewed at Newcastle, so if you have any questions about the application process there feel free to ask).

    Good luck
    xxx
    Hello, Hii,
    Thanks for offering for your help
    I'm wavering between leeds and Southhampton
    My UKCAT is 670 btw
    I was wondering, what was the lowest/average BMAT score of the successful applicants.
    What kind of personal statement content was generally being accepted (that's a weird question but I'm fretting)
    Also, how much is the personal statement used in the application process?

    Also what was your BMAT score and personal statement like?
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    (Original post by medapplicant2016)
    Hi everyone, I'm a first year medical student at Leeds university, so I did BMAT/MMI interviews last year, so if you have any questions about the application process/course/etc., feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer! (I also interviewed and got a place at Cardiff and interviewed at Newcastle, so if you have any questions about the application process there feel free to ask).

    Good luck
    xxx
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    Well done on getting in, how you finding the first year?
    How was the BMAT like, easier/tougher/different from specimens, any pointers for BMAT, what did you and your friends achieve, any tips for the writing tasks

    In terms of PS, any hints or tips?
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    Well done on getting in, how you finding the first year?
    How was the BMAT like, easier/tougher/different from specimens, any pointers for BMAT, what did you and your friends achieve, any tips for the writing tasks

    In terms of PS, any hints or tips?
    Thanks! So far I'm loving it, so glad I came to Leeds - it's such a friendly city! The course itself is manageable at the moment as well and there's definitely been plenty of time to have fun and spend time with both flatmates and fellow medics.

    BMAT was definitely daunting and I probably left it a bit too late when it came to revision. In the end I achieved 4.7, 4.9 and 4A, which was pretty average, but I was happy with and was good enough for Leeds, which was my only BMAT uni. I hardly used any BMAT books, although I owned the 400Qs one as well as another one. I would recommend practising the essay lots and lots as you have to be really concise, and it's especially important at Leeds as often it forms part of the MMI process. Go over your basic bio/chem/maths up to the highest level you've done it, and use the online science guide to give you a starting point for your revision. Some of my friends achieved similar BMAT scores and interviewed at Leeds, but I also know people who achieved scores in the region of 3.5 and interviewed also, so I don't feel like Leeds place too much weighting on it, although it's definitely worth giving your best shot.

    For the writing task I would say keep up to date with your reading, read up on ethics and GMC guidelines a bit, and Tomorrow's Doctors as well, but apart from that just practise - its the most important thing!

    For PS, they're looking for what makes a good doctor, so all you have to do is convey this to them and you won't go far wrong. Think about the qualities of a doctor and include how you've demonstrated these. They don't just want a list of things you've seen/done, but a reflection of this. One of my friends had no work experience but volunteered at Disability Challengers once a week, and ended up with a place at Newcastle, simply because she had reflected on this and what she had learnt.

    If you have any more questions feel free to get in touch, and good luck with your application!
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    (Original post by Bright_Gift)
    Hello, Hii,
    Thanks for offering for your help
    I'm wavering between leeds and Southhampton
    My UKCAT is 670 btw
    I was wondering, what was the lowest/average BMAT score of the successful applicants.
    What kind of personal statement content was generally being accepted (that's a weird question but I'm fretting)
    Also, how much is the personal statement used in the application process?

    Also what was your BMAT score and personal statement like?
    Hi, thanks for your questions..I didn't apply to Soton myself but one of my friends got a place there. My BMAT score was 4.7, 4.9, 4A, which is pretty average but was good enough to get me an interview at Leeds. My friends scored around this, some higher and some lower, but I know people that got interviews with scores around 3.5 - it depends on the cohort.
    Don't worry too much about your PS, just include all the things you've done and especially reflect on your experiences, they don't just want a list. Do some reading and include a comment on this as it makes you stand out from others a bit more (although this is hard!). Your PS has to be strong and tick all of their boxes, but they'll use it alongside your BMAT to decide whether to offer you an interview or not, so don't stress too much. My PS just included my work experience, as well as a reflection on a book on ethics I'd read and a comment on the NHS and its current situation, but make yours unique.
    Well done on your UKCAT, that's a really good score! I'm not sure how much emphasis Soton places on UKCAT, but my advice is definitely apply strategically, so only apply there if you've got a reasonable chance of getting in.
    I definitely recommend Leeds, I've been loving it so far and the people here are so nice, it's definitely a friendly city, and the course seems really well organised here.
    Good luck with your applications!
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    (Original post by medapplicant2016)
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    Hi, thanks for your questions..I didn't apply to Soton myself but one of my friends got a place there. My BMAT score was 4.7, 4.9, 4A, which is pretty average but was good enough to get me an interview at Leeds. My friends scored around this, some higher and some lower, but I know people that got interviews with scores around 3.5 - it depends on the cohort.
    Don't worry too much about your PS, just include all the things you've done and especially reflect on your experiences, they don't just want a list. Do some reading and include a comment on this as it makes you stand out from others a bit more (although this is hard!). Your PS has to be strong and tick all of their boxes, but they'll use it alongside your BMAT to decide whether to offer you an interview or not, so don't stress too much. My PS just included my work experience, as well as a reflection on a book on ethics I'd read and a comment on the NHS and its current situation, but make yours unique.
    Well done on your UKCAT, that's a really good score! I'm not sure how much emphasis Soton places on UKCAT, but my advice is definitely apply strategically, so only apply there if you've got a reasonable chance of getting in.
    I definitely recommend Leeds, I've been loving it so far and the people here are so nice, it's definitely a friendly city, and the course seems really well organised here.
    Good luck with your applications!
    Hello again,
    In your advice to another user on this caht, you recommended reading a book on ethics in preparation for the essay section for the BMAT (your section 3 is amazing btw!) Which ethics book would you recommend?
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    Obviously you don't want your PS to appear in the Times (!), so to speak, but I am happy to proof-read/edit it for you if you re able to send it to me securely somehow (sorry, just joined TSR today, so have not looked at ins and outs of it!) By the way, I am an ex-medic, 3 degrees, A level Biology tutor, and have written several articles in journals internationally, plus had a book published: "Systemic Pathology".
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    (Original post by Bright_Gift)
    Hello again,
    In your advice to another user on this caht, you recommended reading a book on ethics in preparation for the essay section for the BMAT (your section 3 is amazing btw!) Which ethics book would you recommend?
    Hi! The specific one I read was called 'A very short introduction to medical ethics' by Tony Hope, which I really enjoyed, but there's plenty of others if that's an area you're interested in. I also read up a lot on funding in the NHS and shortage of junior doctors etc. Theres also news about increasing places at medical schools by 25% which I'd advise you to read about.
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    (Original post by medapplicant2016)
    Hi! The specific one I read was called 'A very short introduction to medical ethics' by Tony Hope, which I really enjoyed, but there's plenty of others if that's an area you're interested in. I also read up a lot on funding in the NHS and shortage of junior doctors etc. Theres also news about increasing places at medical schools by 25% which I'd advise you to read about.
    Hey thanks for your posts they have been really helpful! I just wanted to ask you about the book you mentioned. Is it good for interview prep? Like does it cover things like euthanasia/abortion, ethical arguments (for example patient A refuses to take treatment, what do you do?), the 4 branches of ethics such as autonomy, beneficience, etc. And also does it include things like confidentiality/consent?
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    Does anyone know what bmat score is needed for an interview at Leeds if you get full academic scoring?


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    (Original post by hkjljkio)
    Does anyone know what bmat score is needed for an interview at Leeds if you get full academic scoring?


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    Varies each year. Last year it was pretty low, like below 4.0s. This year could be different who knows. Btw will less people receive a full academic score this year compared to last year because this year lots of people don't have 3 cashed in AS levels?
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    (Original post by Mathsmad123)
    Varies each year. Last year it was pretty low, like below 4.0s. This year could be different who knows. Btw will less people receive a full academic score this year compared to last year because this year lots of people don't have 3 cashed in AS levels?
    Ahhhhh right okay, do you think it's likely to be low this year? And can full academic scoring compensate for a low bmat?


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    (Original post by medapplicant2016)
    Hi! The specific one I read was called 'A very short introduction to medical ethics' by Tony Hope, which I really enjoyed, but there's plenty of others if that's an area you're interested in. I also read up a lot on funding in the NHS and shortage of junior doctors etc. Theres also news about increasing places at medical schools by 25% which I'd advise you to read about.
    Thank you so much!

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    Hey I've applied to Leeds as well its the only BMAT uni i applied to
    just wondering whether id get the full academic score even though I got 4A at AS with the new linear a levels
    i also got 6A* 4A at GCSE
    ive been predicted A*AA for A2

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    (Original post by Chillipaneerii)
    Hey I've applied to Leeds as well its the only BMAT uni i applied to
    just wondering whether id get the full academic score even though I got 4A at AS with the new linear a levels
    i also got 6A* 4A at GCSE
    ive been predicted A*AA for A2

    BMAT NINJA HAS THE BEST TEST PREP WITH WORKED ANSWERS To EXAM PAPERS its really cheap as well only £25 for worked solutions
    Yes, you would get full academic score because of achieving AAA(A). Unfortunately, being predicted anything greater than AAA doesn't advantage anyone (I too got A*AA).
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    (Original post by Mathsmad123)
    Varies each year. Last year it was pretty low, like below 4.0s. This year could be different who knows. Btw will less people receive a full academic score this year compared to last year because this year lots of people don't have 3 cashed in AS levels?
    It seems like a sensible hypothesis. 9A* is much harder to achieve (in my opinion) than 3A at AS - particular when It includes specific subjects like Eng Language. Consequently, I think BMAT may become more vital in separating in applicants.

    I mean, as long as you have around 24/27 (8A*/AAB), you'd be in great stead.
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    (Original post by GradeA*UnderA)
    It seems like a sensible hypothesis. 9A* is much harder to achieve (in my opinion) than 3A at AS - particular when It includes specific subjects like Eng Language. Consequently, I think BMAT may become more vital in separating in applicants.

    I mean, as long as you have around 24/27 (8A*/AAB), you'd be in great stead.
    Because people are taking linear A levels this year, does that mean they will have no chance of getting 3 cashed in AS levels?
    And yeah 24/27 is what you would need at least i reckon. 8A* and 1A would be 26/27
 
 
 
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